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Sleeps 10 adults Bedrooms 5 Pets 2 Welcome Region Carmarthenshire Town/village Llandovery
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Welcoming Holiday House, near Llandovery (PENRNBR)

This beautifully renovated spacious self catering barn to sleep 10 guests is set in a spectacular location on the banks of the river Towy. Close to the pretty village of Rhandirmwyn in the Upper Towy Valley. The steeply wooded valleys, waterfalls and rivers of this area are stunning and known to the locals as 'little Switzerland.' The Upper Towy Valley is a gateway to the Cambrian Mountains which is a vast unspoilt rugged landscape that stretches down the spine of Wales.

It's incredible that an area of such natural outstanding beauty has no national recognition; but perhaps this has been its saviour. Visitors to Penrhyn can meander along serene, tranquil valleys and not meet a soul, or trek across open hill and moorland and find utter solitude. This amazing scenery can be explored from the doorstep. Near by is The Crystal Mountain where in ancient times Gold, Silver and Iron used to be mined; now adays the hillside is littered with quartz which catches the sunlight and sparkles. To the side of the property the river cuts it's way through the gorge - fascinating rock formations cut away by the river over the years - spot the al fresco bath tub in the rocks where visitors enjoy wild swimming!

A stargazers paradise with NO light pollution - so bring your telescopes.


Sleeps 10, 5 bedrooms. Penrhyn barn offers spacious accommodation for up to 10 people. The open plan lounge has floor to ceiling windows with amazing views of the valley. Comfy sofas, ancient oak beams, oak flooring and a woodburning stove set in a stone fireplace give the barn a warm cosy atmosphere. Sky freeview TV, DVD, Video and a CD player are provided for your entertainment. A selection of children's videos and family games are stored in a cupboard under the stairs. A large pine farmhouse table with matching chairs is perfect for dining with friends and family and the range in the kitchen with a six ring gas hob and double electric oven makes cooking easy. The well equipped oak fitted kitchen houses a microwave, double sink, fridge and dishwasher.

Also on the ground floor is

Bedroom 1: with a super king-size bed which can be converted, if preferred, to either twin beds or a single bed with wheelchair disabled access. A wet room with shower, toilet and handbasin adjoins the bedroom and is also suitable for disabled.

A separate utility room with a sink, large fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer adjoins the barn. It has a radiator and is ideal as a drying room for wet coats, boots, muddy dogs, fishing rods etc.

A flight of handcrafted oak stairs lead onto a landing with access to

Bedroom 2: double bedroom with an en suite shower room with hand basin and toilet.

Bedroom 3: king size bedroom

Bedroom 4: king size bedroom

Bedroom 5: twin bedroom.

All the bedrooms have stunning views of the valley with Crystal Mountain and the Cambrians to the north and the rapids and pools of the river to the south. A shower room with a double shower wash handbasin and toilet is situated next to the twin room and opposite is a large family bathroom with a jacuzzi bath with shower over, handbasin and toilet. The bath has fabulous views over the valley and mountains and is perfect to relax with a glass of wine after a strenuous day walking or cycling!

All the beds have deep luxurious mattresses and cotton bed linen and towels are provided. The ground floor is heated by oil under floor heating and upstairs by radiators; all the heating is thermostatically controlled for your comfort.

Patio doors from the lounge open onto a large south facing patio with a charcoal BBQ and garden furniture. The patio has a ramp for wheelchairs and a portable telescopic ramp provides entry into the barn. To the rear there is a lawn with a badminton net and access to the utility room and stables with safe storage for fishing equipment, bikes and canoes. There is ample parking in the farmyard which has direct access through the front door into the lounge.

Useful information

Smoking outside only please. All linen and towels inclusiveWifi No mobile receptionAll electricity, fuel and wood are included. Well behaved pets are welcome but please note dogs are strictly not allowed upstairs (cream carpets) or on the furniture- PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A WORKING FARM, THERE IS A DOG THAT ROAMS AROUND THE YARD. Penrhyn is a 50 acre smallholding and some of the meadows can be used for walking and playing and lovely river walks, with a deep gorge and pebbled beaches to explore.


Rhandirmwyn is steeped in history and in the 1800 and early 1900's once supported a thriving lead and zinc mining industry. The mines closed in 1932 and the remains can still be seen today. Indeed Rhandir-mwyn in Welsh means land of minerals and even gold can be found, just follow the valley road round the mallaen to the Dolaucothi Gold Mines which are owned by the National Trust.

Twm Sion Cati, (1530-1609) was a real life Robin Hood who was a master of disguise and trickery and robbed from the rich to give to the poor. He took refuge in the valley and hid from his persecutors in a cave over looking the Towy at what is now the RSPB reserve at Dinas.


Visitors to Penrhyn can enjoy over 1/2 mile of private Salmon and Trout fishing available during the fishing season only on the Towy (and all must produce an up to date fishing licence).The owners also have details of another private stretch of fishing upstream for which day permits can be purchased. The river flows through the farm with a spectacular gorge and a twenty foot pool, it is perfect for canoeists, and the very brave hearted who want to swim but please note the temperature of the water is freezing; it comes straight from the mountains and Llanbrianne reservoir.
The farm is reached down a track approximately 1 mile long and the barn is across the court yard from the owner's farmhouse and is completely separate and private. There are miles of forestry tracks and quiet country lanes for cyclists and at Cwm Rhaeader, just up the farm drive, there is a mountain bike trail that has been described by visitors, as short, but very fast and technical. There are many mountain bike trails and cycling centers within close proximinity including Crychan Forest, Brechfa, Brecon Beacons and Coed Trallwm.

Rhandirmwyn has a village shop and a country pub that serves good food and a fine selection of real ales.

Cilycwm village is only 3 miles in the opposite direction and also has a lovely country pub that serves delicious home cooked food. Llandovery is 7 miles with a Heart of Wales Railway station, garage, supermarket, post office, banks, shops Farmers Market, Chinese and Indian takeaway, and many pubs.

If you would like to speak to someone who has visited this property please ask for: Elizabeth and Carolyn

  • BBQ
  • Dishwasher
  • Fishing
  • High chair
  • Microwave
  • Open Fires
  • Tumble Dryer
  • TV, Freeview channels
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Broadband
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Bike Store
  • Walkers Award
  • Cyclists Award


Check in / Check out

Standard check-in is 4pm and standard check-out is normally 10am on your day of departure. In some cases these times vary. Always check your booking confirmation paperwork for correct timings.

Pets Welcome

A maximum of 2 pets are welcome at this property. Typically pet charges apply but please contact the office for details.


A perfect base for walkers and nature enthusiasts, with the Brecon Beacons National Park, Black Mountain and Pembrokeshire National Park all within reach. This pretty town is surrounded by rivers running along the valley, the heritage centre is worth a visit and the Old Printing Office is ideal for picking up local gifts. Just a short walk from the town centre are the ruins of the Llandovery Castle, easily accessible and with views overlooking the River Towy.

On the Dolaucothi estate there are marked trails through the woods and parkland, for those brave enough you can also explore the gold mines and take an underground tour of the Roman tunnels. The ruins are Talley Abbey are an interesting visit, and close by there is a lake and choice of several walks through the forest. Crychan Forest also welcomes walkers, cyclists and horse riding, throughout the year there are various organised events such as motor rallies and mountain biking.

In the heart of mid Wales is the Gwenffrwd-Dinas nature reserve, set in a valley the nature trail is a lovely way to spend a few hours spotting the local wildlife and rare birds. Cwm-Rhaeadr forest is also a great spot for walks. On site is a picnic area and mountain biking trails. The Red Kite feeding centre is a spectacular display, visitors can view from the purpose built hide and there is plenty of info available.


The county of Carmarthenshire is known to many as the Garden of Wales. Stretching from Amroth to Llanelli the county enjoys over 50 miles of coastline, and reaches inland through the beautiful Welsh countryside to include the western area of the Brecon Beacons. Carmarthenshire is home to many attractions for the whole family to enjoy. The expansive countryside lends itself to walking and cyclists with so much to explore, and golf is also a popular pastime in this neck of the woods.  

The 568 acre National Botanic Gardens of Wales are in Carmarthen, showcasing varieties from around the world; its piece de resistance being the fantastic Great Glasshouse. The Dolaucothi Gold Mines in Llandeilo offer guided tours of the mines that date back to the Romans, and you can also try your hand at panning for gold! Wales was home to the great anglo-welsh writer Dylan Thomas, and the Boathouse Heritage Centre in Laugharne was where he spent the last few years of his life.   The country town of Carmarthen, located in the river Towy is one of the oldest welsh town, and some claim it to be the birthplace of the wizard Merlin! The mining town of Lanelli is actually the largest settlement however, situated on the Loughor Estuary, near the vast and beautiful Pembray Country Park and Forest. 

West Wales

This region includes Swansea which is the second largest city in Wales, also in the bay are Mumbles and Gower, both with pretty waterfronts ideal for a seaside holiday. Cefn Sidan is the longest beach in Wales with stunning views out across North Gower, and just inland is Pembrey Country Park. The Carmarthenshire region has such a fantastic selection of beaches and gardens; it is often referred to as the Garden of Wales and is home to the National Botanic Gardens and just borders the Brecon Beacons National Park. The long stretches of beach are particularly popular with visitors seeking a surfing or sailing holiday.

Pembrokeshire is the only coastal national park in Britain, with dramatic seaside paths and hidden coves to discover. There are also plenty of unspoilt ports and market towns along the way. The park also just touches on the Preseli Mountains, this wild heath and moorland is just perfect for walking opportunities and those who prefer an inland trek away from the coast.

Being surrounded on three sides by sea, this is a foodie haven with numerous festivals taking place all year round and fresh produce markets such as the Beer & Cider festival at Haverfordwest Castle and the quirky Really Wild Food festival.

Area Carmarthenshire


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